Hispanic Marketing and Cause!

What are Cause Related organizations doing to promote and serve Hispanics in San Diego?

Join us on February 13th to find out! Speaker Bennett Peji has a great conversation planned!

Bennett Peji

Bennett Peji is Vice President at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. He directs the local economic development program as well as the place-making, branding, marketing, and community affairs work. He is also an international brand consultant, designer and frequent speaker on community-centered design.

Most recently, Peji co-founded the first city-funded, diversity-focused business entrepreneurship center and accelerator in San Diego. He mentions it in his recent 2017 TED talk, which can be seen at TEDxBP.com. His first TED talk in 2014 discussed branding at CivicBranding.com. Peji serves on the boards of California Humanities (a statewide commission), Tijuana Innovadora, the UDA Foundation, and the La Jolla Playhouse. Appointed by the Mayor, he served as a Commissioner of Arts & Culture for the City of San Diego from 2003-2012. He also served as President of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Asian Business Association. He has received industry lifetime achievement awards from AIGA San Diego and SDX and served on the national board of AIGA, based in New York, with 70 chapters in the USA (https://www.aiga.org/design-journeys-bennett-peji).

He is currently included in the New Americans Museum exhibit “Our Immigrant Story” seen at  SD Innovates.com!

Rosa María Hernández, Director of Development and Member Services, MANA de San Diego.

Rosa Maria Hernandez

Rosa María Hernández

Ms. Hernández is very proud and honored to be the Director of Development and Member Services at MANA de San Diego, a national organization that believes in empowering women thus creating cyclical change. She gets to combine her passion for strategy, community engagement, education, leadership development and advocacy.

Board assignments and other accomplishments:

  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Olivia Hudson Foundation and Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.
  • Founding Sister at San Diego State University
  • Part of the first cohort of MANA’s Latina Success Leadership Program (LSLP)
  • Alumni from the 2016 Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Leadership Institute (HOPE.)
  • In 2018 she was recognized by Assembly member Shirley Webber for her community activities in the 79thdistrict.
  • Has helped lead campaigns that have broken records where every event is sold out, record high nomination for MANA’s work and recognition nationally such as the FBI, Health Net’s Community Partner and MANA National’s chapter of the year.

As the daughter of immigrants from Mexico with less than a middle school education, Rosa María Hernández was determined to pave the way and make a difference in her native San Diego Community. The first of five sisters to venture into higher education, Hernandez attended San Diego State University and focused on obtaining bachelor degrees — in Psychology and Chicano studies. Rosa María paved the way for her 4 sisters to push the boundaries and further their education. All Hernández daughters have graduated from four-year institutions and all are MANA members!

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